Kelly & Jason Bench

Why we walk

In February of 2014, we were excited to learn we would be expecting  our first child in October. When Kelly's water broke at 25 weeks doctors tried everything to keep her from delivering early. At 28 weeks (3 month early), labor could no longer be stopped and we welcomed Dayton Wells Bench into the world. He weighed 2lbs 14oz and measured just 15 inches long. Dayton spent 49 days in the NICU at TMH before coming home!

Today, Dayton is a happy, energetic 2 year old, who loves music, first responder cars & trucks and playing golf with his Daddy!

We are honored to serve as the 2017 March for Babies Ambassadors and to support the mission of the March of Dimes!  We are passionate about raising awareness about the long-term effects of prematurity on a young family and the importance of ending the many causes of premature birth. We believe all babies should have a fighting chance at life!! Please join out efforts!

Your gift matters

Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.

Fundraising goal: $2,014
Saturday, April 22, 2017
44 Donors | 2362 Visitors

Sponsor messages

Shannon Adkins Jennifer Johns
8 months ago
Mrs. Shannon and Ms. Jennifer absolutely love and adore this little boy. Being his teachers, we have seen such improvement in several aspects; social, physical, emotional, etc. He makes coming to work every day worth it. We always look forward to his warm hugs, sweet smile, silly laugh, and listening to whatever story he wants to share with us that day. He is such a strong and happy young boy and we are proud to be a part of his and his amazing parents lives.
Douglas Bench
8 months ago
I'll be there with bells on!
Lori White
8 months ago
Go Team Dayton!!
Elena Chatel
8 months ago
Blessings to Dayton and thanks for helping babies in distress everywhere. Hugs.
Patrick Hogan
8 months ago
The Democrat coverage was incredible--the best I have ever seen in over 50 years of reading the newspaper. We plan to walk for Dayton and help to make it a great day! --Pat & Joyce
gregory rudzik
8 months ago
Go Team Bench!
Finley Grace Phillips
8 months ago
Can't wait to walk with Dayton!!! ??
Kelbe Miles
8 months ago
Love you guys!!
Susan McCoy
8 months ago
Good luck reaching your goal and thank you for helping others with all your hard work...
Elaine Atwood
8 months ago
Go Big Dayton! We will be walking with your family, I'm sure we'll be behind you with those strong little legs leading the way! You are such a special little guy and we love you! Love Grandma and Grandaddy Atwood
Meredith Neese
8 months ago
Love this boy and his parents to pieces!
Kathleen Beck
8 months ago
For a great cause and an amazing family!!!
8 months ago
Great Cause!! Glad to help!
Casie Langston
8 months ago
We will be out of town for a wedding during the walk, but we support your beautiful family and this wonderful cause, all the way!
Olivia Watson
8 months ago
Donation from Valentina W.
Betsy Fisher
8 months ago
Dear Bench family , Wish we could come walk with you and for Dayton ,.. but we are with you in spirit ! Go Dayton !! Betsy and Marshal
Sue Burk
8 months ago
Doing it for Dayton
Amy Greenwald
8 months ago
So excited to walk with you! Dayton is the coolest little guy around!
Tisha Fletcher
8 months ago
What a wonderful privilege to watch this precious little boy grow and experience all that this life has to offer!! You are incredible parents, with amazing hearts full of love for all! Tisha
Kathy Kietzman
8 months ago
Kelly and Jason, I think it is so wonderful what you both do for the March of Dimes. You have a pretty special little boy and he has pretty Mom and Dad...
Amber Brogdon Page
9 months ago
Thankful for everything you do! I love the Bench family!
Bonnie MacConnell
9 months ago
Grandma and Pop Pop love this guy to the moon and back and will be there in April.
Rebecca Brandon
9 months ago
Our best wishes for a great day and successful walk! Jack and Becca
9 months ago
What an amazing little boy you've become...have a great walk and hug your mommy and daddy
Erica Elliott
9 months ago
We are so amazed at the little boy Dayton has become. He's fun, energetic and always makes us smile. We love you Baby D...even though you aren't a baby anymore!
Julie Rice
10 months ago
Have a great walk. Frank and Julie
DougandGrammyJan Bench
10 months ago
"Go Dayton Go!"
Chris Carmody
10 months ago
From one miracle to another!
Elaine Atwood
11 months ago
Those 49 days were the start of something wonderful! GO Dayton Wells Bench!
Larry DuBose
11 months ago
Walk on Big Man!
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